In 2013 the Cork branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust carried out a survey along the stream that runs through the Ballybrack Woods (Mangala). The resulting report indicated the presence of four bat species in the area
- soprano pipistrelle
- common pipistrelle
- Leisler’s bat
- and unidentified Myotis species
The full survey report can be found here: Bat survey of Ballybrack River Valley
In March 2016, under the guidance from Cork Nature Networks, 9 bat boxes suitable as summer roosts were installed in the woods. These boxes were produced by the Men’s Sheds in Glounthane and Carrigaline and later painted using mammal-friendly paint by the Douglas scouts. A real community project! Carrigaline Men’s Shed also modified the Kent bat box design so that it can be easier produced with less waste of wood. This design can be found here: CMS EASY CONSTUCTION BAT BOX.